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Driving To Vancouver Island

Rent a car, truck, RV, or motorcycle, or bring your own vehicle to cruise the Island’s highways as you explore the different communities, sampling excellent foods and enjoying local activities along the way. From tip to tip, the drive from Victoria to Port Hardy takes approximately 5.5 hours and offers smooth roads and endless opportunities for exploration.

The Old Island Highway, also known as the Oceanside Route, runs parallel to the Island’s shores and features fantastic views of the Salish Sea. This scenic route crosses through the communities of Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Fanny Bay, Union Bay, Royston, Black Creek, Oyster River, and Campbell River.

Explore Vancouver Island by car and experience your dream vacation around your schedule.

Take your foot off the accelerator and explore Vancouver Island’s spectacular backcountry via secondary and active logging roads. Take care when driving these sometimes rugged and potholed routes; please check with local Visitor Centres for maps and information about logging road closures, conditions, and hazards. In the winter months, chains or winter tires might be necessary in higher altitudes.

Learn more about popular road trip and routes and start planning your itinerary now. Visit our Vancouver Island Road Trip page for more details!

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